Senate Democrats Allow Lieberman to Go Unpunished

Today in a closed-door meeting, Senate Democrats voted 42-13 to allow Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to keep his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, despite his attacks on Barack Obama during the campaign season. Shortly afterward, Senate Democrats held a press conference during which they stood by Lieberman and surrounded him with their support. Some highlights of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) remarks:


– "We’re looking forward, we’re not looking back."

– "I understand anger. … I would defy anyone to be angrier than I was. But is this a time when we walk out of here and say, 'Boy, did we get even?'"

– "I am satisfied with what we did today. I feel good about what we did today. I don’t apologize to anyone for what we did today."

– "The question is, do I trust Senator Lieberman? The answer is yes, I trust Senator Lieberman."

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